June 3, 1988 - June 11, 1988 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 132,698
Rich Janda / The World-Herald
Stanford, a team of inconsistency during the regular season, displayed one constant on its march to a second straight College World Series championship.
"Skill on the hill, as we say, skill on the hill," Cardinal Coach Mark Marquess said. "That’s what we had."
Freshman Stan Spencer capped a string of impressive postseason peformances by Stanford pitchers in helping the Cardinal defeat top-ranked Arizona State 9-4 in the nationally televised championship game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Spencer, a freshman from Vancouver, Wash., limited the Sun Devils to one unearned run in seven innings before tiring in the eighth. Spencer’s pitching, combined with Stanford’s eight - run outburst in the first three innings, stripped much of the drama from the expected showdown between the rivals from the Pacific 10 Southern Division.
The Cardinal, finished strong with wins in 13 of its final 15 games.
In 1987, Stanford won its first national championship despite hitting .262 in the tournament. The next year, the Cardinal finished its six games batting .249, an average padded by 23 hits in its final two games.
Stanford pitchers offset the lack of offensive punch by leading the series with a 2.38 ERA. A year ago, Cardinal pitchers posted a 2.95 ERA.
"Our pitchers carried us for the first four games when we weren’t hitting," Stanford catcher Doug Robbins said. "They were all on. They pitched their best baseball, and they saved it for the right time."
Ron Witmeyer, Stanford, 1b, Jr.
Mark Standiford, Wichita St., 2b, Sr.
John Finn, Arizona St., 3b, Jr.
Pat Listach, Arizona St., ss, Jr.
Jim Osborn, Cal St. Fullerton, of, Sr.
Dan Rumsey, Arizona St., of, Jr.
Ricky Candelari, Arizona St., of, Jr.
Doug Robbins, Stanford, c, Sr.
Martin Peralta, Arizona St, dh, Sr.
Lee Plemel, Stanford, p, Sr.
Rusty Kilgo, Arizona St., p, Jr.